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Dread Scott

Dread’s work has been discussed and written about in newspapers and magazines as well as on television and radio. Below is a select listings of some of the books and catalogs that document or discuss his work. Those with more lengthy discussion of Dread’s work are noted. Most are still in print and can be purchased through Amazon by clicking on the icon.  Those not available online can be ordered from the museum or organization that published the book. For a complete bibliography, go to the About Dread section of this site.

Dread Scott: Welcome to America
MoCADA, 2008
This catalog is from a survey exhibition organized by the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art. It features documentation of all the work from the exhibition and contains a catalog essay by Patricia Hills.

arresting images

Arresting Images: Impolitic Art and Uncivil Actions
Steven C. Dubin
Routledge, 1992
This book examines censorship in the arts in the late 1980s and early 90s. It includes extensive coverage of the controversy around Dread’s What is the Proper Way to display a US Flag? as well as in depth recounting of censorship of Mapplethorpe, Serrano, Rushdie and others.

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Blasphemy: Art that Offends
S. Brent Plate
Black Dog Publishing, 2006

 

Potentially Harmful

Potentially Harmful: The Art of American Censorship
Cathy Byrd
Georgia State University, 2006
This survey of censorship from 1970 to the present outlines the history of a significant ongoing risk for contemporary artists. Its singular selection of controversial art from the last three decades assembles full-page images of works from 51 artists including Lynda Benglis, Sue Coe, Karen Finley, Eric Fischl, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andres Serrano and Dread’s What is the Proper Way to display a US Flag?

capital art

Capital Art: the culture of punishment
Smart Art Press, 2001
Catalog from Track 16 show dedicated to Mumia Abu-Jamal. Over 60 black and white images. Some of the artists featured are Sandow Birk, John Outterbridge, Robbie Conal, Dread Scott and Daniel Martinez. Writings by Mariana Botey, Martin Espada, Mike Ladd, Jerry Quickley, and Zack de la Rocha .

Editions 2001
Lower East Side Printshop, 2001
www.printshop.org
Reproductions of Screenprints completed while on fellowship at LESP

Visual Shock: A History of Controversies in American Culture
Michael Kammen
Vintage Books, 2006

Modern-Art-in-the-USA

Modern Art in the USA: Issues and Controversies of the 20th Century
Patricia Hills
Prentice Hall, 2001

Transgressions

Transgressions: The Offences of Art
Anthony Julius
Thams & Hudson, 2002

Postcards from Black America
Published by Rob Perree, c/o Con Rumore
Uitgevers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1996
Excellent catalog of Dutch exhibit of Black American artists. Include Renee Cox, Glenn Ligon, Martin Puryear, Adrien Piper, Dread Scott, Lorna Simpson and Fred Wilson. Text in Dutch.

Old-Glory

Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art
David S. Rubin, curator
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, 1994

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